The Dangers of Searching for Developers by Title

Created: Jun 04, 2015 09:33AM PDT      Updated: Dec 09, 2015 11:02AM PST
In TalentBin, using the role explode term "Software Engineer" can be a tempting way to refine your searches. However, we've seen one drawback in using this explode term as a "Required" () keyword:

Software engineers love to be creative with their job titles!

When browsing through a list of developers in TalentBin, you will see job titles ranging from "Nerd" to "Ninjaneer". We recently came across a developer who listed himself as a "Scruffy Nerf Herder." Cue John Williams' score!

Figure 1: Potential Subject Line: "Scruffy Nerf Herder? Help (Your Company) Defeat the HR Death Star!"

With this in mind, we thought it would be fun to try a search using only creative job titles used by software engineers. And, as you can see in the image below, we pulled back nearly 18,000 candidates!
Figure 2: Be sure to include those "Time Wasters" in your search!

How can we build a search that includes all of those "Code Ninjas" and "Drones"?

It would be nearly impossible to build out a search that captures all the different iterations of titles used by developers. So, instead, the key to building any developer search is designating job titles as an "Optional" term.

In other words, you can still use the "Software Engineer" explode term (which contains 23 closely related titles), but we recommend changing the Green Checkmark  to the Yellow Plus  , in order to designate the term as optional.

In effect, that will bring the people who list themselves as a Software Engineer to the top of the search results, but it won't eliminate the people who don't fall under that category. The "Scruffy Nerf Herders" of the world, as long as they fit under the other keywords in your search, will still be pulled back in the results.


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